The Grey Area

Past, Present, and Future: What Can We Learn from “Partners in Design”?

November 28, 2017 by Mengyue Wu The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson,” currently on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, traces the friendship between Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Johnson, the first director of MoMA’s Architecture Department. Curated by David A. Hanks, the […]

Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Portraitist

August 9, 2017 by Kelly Ryser Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) is a conspicuous name among neuroscientists and microbiologists, but beyond these fields, he is little known. A Nobel laureate and the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal reached unparalleled heights of scientific discovery through his micro-anatomical observations. Bolstering these feats are his carefully prepared drawings, which […]

Artwork Spotlight: Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Ruby Kusturd”

July 6, 2017 by Linda Tauscher Of all the works in Myopia, my personal favorite is undoubtedly Ruby Kusturd. Carved from the world’s largest ruby and weighing in at 30,090 carats, the piece exudes the subversive and whimsical attitude characteristic of Mark Mothersbaugh’s art. Currently on view at the Grey Art Gallery in Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, […]

Artwork Spotlight: Alex Katz’s “Ada Ada”

April 17, 2017 Daniel Domínguez Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, the Grey Art Gallery’s winter/spring 2017 exhibition (which closed on April 1), explored the artistic communities who were active in the artist-run Tenth Street galleries of downtown Manhattan and beyond. These unique spaces showed works by iconic postwar artists such as […]

5 Questions with Brian Bentley

April 5, 2017 by Yuxi Pan   Recently, we spoke with the Grey Art Gallery’s Graduate Curatorial Assistant Brian Bentley to catch a glimpse of his work at the Grey. In this interview, Brian not only generously shared his curatorial experience but also gave us some tips on how to survive a PhD program. Having recently […]

Charlotte Moorman:<br/>Revolutionary Artist, Performer, Woman

December 13, 2016 Cansu Saltik The Grey Art Gallery’s A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s, presents a fascinating collection of artwork documenting the life and performances of a critical artist of the avant-garde who deserves more recognition for her contribution to the trajectory of experimental, multimedia, and feminist art. The exhibition, […]

Tracing the Birth of Turkish Modernism in a Global Context

July 29, 2016 Cansu Saltik Believing in art as a powerful cross-cultural tool with the potential to unify global societies, Abby Weed Grey approached contemporary art from a truly multicultural perspective, collecting art from Iran, India and Turkey over the course of her travels. Seeking art that expressed “the response of a contemporary sensibility to […]

Artwork Spotlight: László Moholy-Nagy’s “QXXI”

July 6, 2016 Aaron Ehrlich Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, on view at the Guggenheim from May 27 through September 7, 2016, shows an artist thoroughly occupied with questions of space, light, and form, using any and all mediums at his disposal to answer them. A prominent faculty member at the Bauhaus, Moholy-Nagy was, along with his colleagues, a […]

Artist Spotlight: Mark Mothersbaugh

July 5, 2016 by Nikki LoPinto Mark Mothersbaugh has created more than 30,000 post-card sized drawings and collages. His music production company, Mutato Musika, has scored hundreds of films, television shows, and commercials, including Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums and Paul Reuben’s Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. He also makes rug art. He is an artist, a musician, a […]

Artwork Spotlight: Joseph Margulies’s “Man of Peace”

Associated American Artists tended to favor artworks that were widely relatable, non-confrontational and often bucolic. As a result, relatively little of AAA’s stock dealt with religious themes or imagery as, by definition, this kind of work generally appeals only to certain demographics. Joseph Margulies’s Man of Peace (1945), is an exception: one of relatively few AAA prints to deal explicitly with religion, and one of even fewer to depict Judaism.